Sharing the luck and the love
Charlie Keller has been a local for a long time. He has lived in the area (mainly Rosebank) for 20 years and now lives in Mullum. ‘I love being a north coast local because of the incredible music and art scene here’, he says. ‘The best acts from around the globe stop at Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Byron Bay – we’re spoilt! Also an amazing sense of community in the more rural areas of the north coast keeps me hanging around.’
Keller began his musical journey at age 11, and though an agnostic, learned Christian songs on guitar from an ex-reverend. Inspiration struck at age 21, during a trip to Costa Rica. ‘As I was dropping off to sleep one night, I noticed there was a complete song going around in my head, and I’d never heard it before’, says Keller of his first songwriting experience. ‘Since then, most of my songs have come that way – fully formed.
I don’t know how they come to be there; I simply feel that I’m lucky to be hearing those songs and I want to share them with others. I don’t really question it beyond that.’
Keller recently became part of the history of the local scene he loves so much when he was one of the featured acts at the inaugural North Coast Songwriters Session.